Bags & Storage for Gravel Bike setup
UK-based Apidura was one of the first companies producing bikepacking bags and is a well-trusted brand in the communities of bikepackers and ultradistance racers. I ended up purchasing various luggage items from them, primarily for my gravel bike setup, aiming to maximize available space. The packs and accessories I use are:
Apidura Expedition Saddle Pack, 17L
Holds camping items (tent, stove, sleeping mat) and other items not used during the day.
Apidura Expedition Compact Frame Pack, 3L
Used for easy access items like tools and spares, as well as any small snack items.
Apidura Expedition Handlebar Pack, 9L
For lightweight items. I use it to carry my sleeping bag and pjs.
Apidura Expedition Accessory Pocket Dry, 4.5L
Additional storage pocked that attaches to handlebar pack. Handy for accessing frequently used items.
Apidura Backcountry Food Pouch Plus, 1.2L
Mounted to the handlebars, stem and fork, it provides storage space for snack items or can also hold a full water bottle.
Apidura Expedition Top Tube Bag, 1L
Another spot to store items that need to be accessed frequently during the day. I use it either to carry an external battery or for food items.
Attempting to optimize (frame) space even further, I use additional items for storage and space optimization:
Bedrock Sinbad Stash Pack
Trying to further maximize the available frame space. Used for compressible items like socks or underwear.
Dilwe Zip Case Tool Bag
Water bottle-sized hard shell tool case. Perfect for keeping repair tools in one place.
ELITE Byasi Bicycle Tool Storage Bottle
Another bottle-size storage solution. Usually kept energy bars, gels, and other snacks in there.
Wolf Tooth B-RAD Mounting Base 2
Helps with using available space more efficiently by shifting the mount points.
CamelBak M.U.L.E.® Hydration Backpack
If the trip warrants it, I am bringing this backpack, which includes a hydration system.
Bags & Storage for Mountain Bike setup
When opting for a bikepacking setup on a mountain bike, I am reusing some of the bags and packs from the gravel setup above (like the Saddle Pack and Top Tube Bag). However, I also use some other, mountain bike-specific setup items.
Salsa EXP Series Anything Cradle
Bracket-mount handlebar roll system that holds gear in front of your handlebars.
Salsa EXP Series Dry Bag
Tailored to fit the Anything Cradle.
Salsa EXP Series Anything Cradle Front Pouch
Integrates with the Anything Cradle and Dry Bag. Ideal for accessing gear needed frequently throughout the day.
Revelate Designs Ranger Frame Bag
Durable, rugged bag that takes advantage of the full triangle space.
Revelate Designs Mountain Feedbag
Ample storage for food items or a full-size water bottle, attached to handlebar and stem.
King Cage Universal Support Bolt
For bikes with a lack of braze-ons/eyelets, this allows mounting of additional accessories.
King Cage Manything Cage
Multi-purpose cage that can hold a variety of items. Attaches to the Universal Support Bolts and comes with optional Voile Straps. I use it mostly for additional water bottles.